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Difference between 2 datetime fields

This should be simple, but I'm having a hard time with it. I want to create a formula field that gives me the number of minutes between the record's CreateDate and LastModifiedDate. What does that formula need to look like?


Thanks for your help!

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Below is the formula to calculate the total number of minutes from two datetime fields:


Total number of minutes = (LastModifiedDate-CreatedDate)*24*60;

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I believe the difference between 2 datetime fields returns the number of days between them


so the formula could be (LastModifiedDate - CreatedDate) * 24 (Number of hours in a day) * 60 (Number of minutes in an hour).


Below is the formula to calculate the total number of minutes from two datetime fields:


Total number of minutes = (LastModifiedDate-CreatedDate)*24*60;

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Thanks. I actually tried that, but the results didn't look right to me. Trying it again, it definitely does look right -- I must have messed up something when I tried it earlier. Thanks so much for your reply!



Best way to find the difference b/w two date time fields 
Datetime startDate = system.now();// Start date
Datetime endDate = system.now().addHours(60);//End Date
integer intDays =  startDate.Date().daysBetween(endDate.Date());
datetime sameDayEndDate = startDate.addDays(intDays);
decimal decHours = ((endDate.getTime())/1000/60/60) - ((sameDayEndDate.getTime())/1000/60/60);
intDays : this value show the number of day b/w the given datetime (2 days for the given dates)
decHours : this value shows the number of (12 hours for the given dates )

so total diff is : 2 days and 12 hours
If you want to find the diff in days and minutes than modify the foumula accordingly
for minutes :
decimal decMinutes = ((endDate.getTime())/1000/60) - ((sameDayEndDate.getTime())/1000/60);

So total diff is : 2 days and 720 minutes for the given dates .

so you can find the difference in whatever the format you want.

Ramesh KosalairamanRamesh Kosalairaman
check this too ,it give you more idea
Mohan Raj 33Mohan Raj 33
@suresh.18487, Hi, I am also facing the problem of calculating to the two date time field difference as like with the following formula 
ABS((Calculating_Date__c - NOW())*24)

this two field are date/time fields (NOW(), Calculating_Date__c) and the result is in number field here it's provide the wrong difference in time so I see the above example and I have the doubt if can I used to your answer  in  formula field to calculatnig the date difference. reply the answer it's really I want .Thank you, Mohan
A Dev in NZA Dev in NZ


Sorry but your attempt is inaccurate for 12 hours of any given day.
I.E. it works fine in the morning 00:00:00 - 11:59:59, but from 12:00:00 if fails.

You could say that added together, your result is the same, but your answer will break someones code in the afternoon.

Everyone, be aware of code that converts datetime to date, you lose your time. But sometime there is no option.

In my example below I convert to millisecs, and work my way back up.

Here is a lengthy way of demonstrating Days:Hours:Minutes:Seconds:

datetime start = datetime.NOW();
datetime later = datetime.now().addHours(60);
decimal millisecs = decimal.valueOf(later.getTime() - start.getTime());
system.debug('millisecs: ' +millisecs);

decimal dDays = millisecs/1000/60/60/24;
system.debug('dDays: ' +dDays);
integer iDays = integer.valueOF(math.floor(dDays));
decimal remainderDays = dDays- iDays;

decimal dHours = remainderDays * 24;
system.debug('dHours: ' +dHours);
integer iHours = integer.valueOf(math.floor(dHours));
decimal remainderHours = dHours - iHours;

decimal dMinutes = remainderHours * 60;
system.debug('dMinutes: ' +dMinutes);
integer iMinutes = integer.valueOf(math.floor(dMinutes));
decimal remainderMinutes = dMinutes - iMinutes;

decimal dSeconds = remainderMinutes * 60;
system.debug('dSeconds: ' +dSeconds);
integer iSeconds = integer.valueOf(math.floor(dSeconds));
decimal remainderSeconds = dSeconds - iSeconds;

system.debug('Days: ' + iDays+' - '+'Hours: ' + iHours+' - '+'Minutes: ' + iMinutes+' - '+'Seconds: ' + iSeconds);

see the pattern.

This answers the above question with apex:

datetime start = datetime.now();
datetime later = start.addHours(60);
decimal minutes = (decimal.valueOf(later.getTime() - start.getTime()))/1000/60;
Here is the great code snippet:
Long dt1Long = DateTime.now().addDays(-1).getTime();
Long dt2Long = DateTime.now().getTime();
Long milliseconds = dt2Long - dt1Long;
Long seconds = milliseconds / 1000;
Long minutes = seconds / 60;
Long hours = minutes / 60;
Long days = hours / 24;

Ganesh MateGanesh Mate
hello JeriMorris,

Try this :-
                Date oldDate = '2018-05-31 00:00:00';
                Date newDate = '2018-06-31 00:00:00';
                Integer numberDaysDue = oldDate.daysBetween(newDate);

Ankit Gupta 340Ankit Gupta 340
Thank you so much @suresh.18487 . It works correctly in my case, where I needed to calculate the no of Hours b/w two given Dates.